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A brief biography, till 2018
Arpinder Singh was an allrounder of sorts as a young boy. He did the 100, 200, 400m and the long jump. He appeared to be a jack of all trades but a master of none. That left his dad, an army man who was good at kabaddi, very frustrated. He wanted his son to excel in sports but young Arpinder was not outstanding in anything.
One day, in 2005, a coach advised him to try the triple jump. The youngster was not very sure what the event was but he was quick to pick up things.
The 25-year-old Arpinder won the men’s triple jump gold at the Asian Games at the GBK Main Stadium here. And that ended 48-year wait for the prized medal last won by Mohinder Singh Gill in 1970 at the Bangkok Asiad.
Surprisingly, Arpinder did not even need to come anywhere close to his personal best (17.17m) for the gold with the best in the field, including China’s Asian champion Zhu Yaming, virtually melting away. Arpinder’s best, 16.77m, came in the third jump and Uzbekistan’s Ruslan Kurbanov (16.62) and China’s Cao Shuo (16.56) took the silver and bronze. “I was hoping to break the national record (Renjith Maheswary’s 17.30m) but I was very dehydrated because of the humid conditions here.” The ONGC Officer had just three legal jumps tonight. But Romanian Bedros Bedrosian, the national coach for jumps, felt that Arpinder would have risen to the occasion if the Chinese had done too.